Thanksgiving and Christmas are now behind us... We’ve now had an opportunity to sit back and take a deep breath, but then we begin to hyperventilate when we realize the extent of the mess all the joyous celebration has made in our homes. Holidays are fun, yet hectic but most of all messy. Hang in there ladies and gents, and remember, the kids are still home for a few more days until school starts again after the new year...so kiss that sparkling clean home good bye until next year at least. If the clutter and chaos is making you crazy, set the tone to have the little ones help tidy the house with you. Give them a small task to help with while you tackle more difficult chores. Turn up the music and enjoy the cleanup in anticipation of the New Year.
Children emulate how and what we do, they pick up on our feelings and moods, if we make clean up a dreaded chore then our children will fight us every time we ask for help. Seize upon this opportunity to teach them the virtue of working together and make it fun for everyone. Music makes everything better, dance and sing as you pack up decorations or vacuum the carpet. Sing into the swiffer like it’s a microphone; show your children that chores are a normal part of living and something that can be enjoyable and shared among all family members. Our job as parents and grandparents is to teach; we must educate our children so that they can be productive in the world when the time comes that we will no longer be here to nurture them. Lead by example and remember family is a valuable source of support and encouragement and free babysitting too!!!
At Holiday time, I find myself looking back; I wished I realized earlier that Holidays are for sharing not only giving. If I had to do it again, I’d give less material items to my children, I would have spent more time baking, reading stories and watching Christmas movies or just played games with them. Still would have bought the matching Christmas pajamas and bedding because they make for great Christmas photos, but should have limited the amount of gifts. Most importantly are the family traditions that we have, keep them going year after year as it means so much to children of all ages. I cannot adequately describe the joy you feel when you’re able to see your children grow up; then continue the family traditions on with your grandchildren, it’s priceless. It’s truly a moment in time when happiness fills your soul and the realization that your family values and traditions will continue on... It hits you square, right between the eyes, and the realization is “I did a good job parenting these kids, all the hard work and sacrifice was worth it, these kids were really listening when I thought they were ignoring me”.
The greatest gift of all is something money can’t buy and nothing is sweeter than listening to your grandchildren consumed with laughter during the Christmas family celebration. Remember to take the time to laugh, giggle and play with your family for these are the memories that stay with you in your heart year after year.
Happy New Year with Love from Grandma